Bullet journal key pages, do you know how to use it?
I mean, I thought I did at the beginning and I had this complicated key page for unnecessary things but I realized that I never used it because it was TOO much.
So, I’d say, one of the first things you need is to plan for or determined how it’ll be used its the Key Page.
It is also safe to ask yourself if you will using the key page or if you won’t. Some people already have their system as simplified as possible and memorized, so they don’t need a Key Page as a reminder.
It’s always good to have examples and a detailed description of the basic symbols and use of each one of them.
What is a Bullet Journal Key? (H2)
Have you noticed that when you look for bullet journal images, there’re always symbols next to the entries? Well, it’s not a bullet journal “secret” code, although THAT would have been so cool. The symbols used are sort of a quick reference guide.
I’d recommend using a bullet journal key because:
Can be personalized
Effective and efficient
Looks neat and saves space
Saves time and possibly, effort
Helps to keep you more organized
Bullet Journal Original Key Page (H2)
We’ve seen that the whole bullet journal system was created by Ryder Carroll. Rapid logging is what you use in the bullet journal, which is capturing information with less content and bulleted lists.
The icons used are a visual representation to classify an entry into either task, events or notes, and you can even customize the symbols as you get used to using them.
The original bullet journal key is:
However, you can customize and optimize your symbols to suit your needs. A lot of people do it, like me.
For example, students or office workers would need a different set of key icons depending on the level of priorities you manage. Don’t be afraid to experiment, after all this is what bullet journal is great for! There are no mistakes, remember that. If something doesn’t work for you, learn from it and change it to try something new.
Bullet Journal Keys (H2)
Here are some bullet journal icons, most of them are pretty self-explanatory but still, I’ll add a small note:
• = Notes (H3)
A small dot is used for notes. Whatever you consider a note.
⬜ = Task (H3)
You add this square every time you want to enter a task on your daily spread.
⚪ = Event (H3)
This circle is events that need to be added in your calendar or daily spread.
△ = Appointment (H3)
The triangle is for appointments such as a doctor’s visit or a conference.
Once the tasks have been completed, events and appointments attended it’s best to fill the icons to mark them as completed, to avoid confusion.
⬛ = Completed Task (H3)
⚫ = Attended Event (H3)
? = Attended Appointment (H3)
When there’s a task that you were not able to complete or an appointment that was rescheduled then you migrate it. That’s writing the item that has yet to be completed in another spread.
⍄ = Task Migrated (H3)
A > or a → will help with classifying this and remind you that it needs to be rewritten.
If the task, event or appointment has been canceled, then… simply put an X on top of the icon and you’ll be good to go.
⊠ = Cancelled Task (H3)
⊗ = Cancelled Event (H3)
⨻ = Cancelled Appointment (H3)
If you need an extra bit of information to differentiate entries and the signifiers go along way in helping us with that as it gives extra content.
I use the ❊ as a reminder and theᆝto mark something as important and when I see either signifier, then I know it’s something that I need to focus on first.
These are a few extra icons that I use to remind myself of what needs to happen without a lot of content.
♡ = Inspirational Ideas (H3)
I use this to mark any idea, like a writing idea or a book that I want to read.
$ = Expenses Or Bill (H3)
This marks the dates I need to pay the bills and the dates in which I pay something not budgeted.
? = Deadline (H3)
Something I need to always prioritize despite the important icon, are the tasks marked with this deadline icon. This means that it needs to be worked for a specific timeframe which I always write next to the task.
The point of the last 3 icons is that you get to use whatever is more comfortable for you when it comes to doing your key. You don’t have to use the same use although, sometimes, we need an example to get us started. Just remember to do you!
Also, remember my story about not using the key because it was too much? Well, that advice still stands. If you create too many in can make it less effective and too overwhelming. Start with a few signifiers or icons and add as you see the need for it.
How to Make a Bullet Journal Key Page? (H2)
I like to keep the signifiers to a minimum to avoid getting overwhelmed and confused.
Now that you have an example, it is your turn. and don’t worry about mistakes, it’s fairly simple.
Do a brain dump of what you’ll need or want to include such as appointments, work, and personal commitments, fitness classes, etc. Once you have it down then:
- Sit down and remember all the things that need to be kept organized.
- Create your bullet journal code. Be minimalistic, artistic and add color if you need it.
- Write down your signifiers in a key.
The key page usually goes at the front of the bullet journal to make things easier. You can also add a small piece of paper like a fold-out to have the signifiers handy instead of going all the way to the front.
Here are some ideas for a Key Page (H2)
Next… The Future Log (H2)
It’s not necessary to use a bullet journal key but it’s a great tool to use it more productively.
Let me know if there’s a specific idea and if having a key has helped you.